Prozac sales hit $2.8 billion. so much that traces of Prozac were found in our water supply; so many people were taking and excreting the drug that it had become impossible to keep it from getting into drinking water.It’s the dirty little secret at the heart of a multi-billion dollar industry: double-blind trials, considered the gold standard of medical research, have repeatedly shown that antidepressant drugs barely work at all, with some studies even finding that placebos are more likely to cheer people up than antidepressants.
Read more about it here: http://www.fascinatingexperiments.com/health-2/antidepressants-multi-billion-dollar-scam/ - My goal is to encourage others to find real happiness. My take on it is we need to at least be taking minerals for our biochemical imbalance and then at the least we might have minerals in our water.
A host of vitamins and minerals help maintain normal brain function. A deficiency of any one of them can lead to depression and other mental disorders. The following are some you may want to consider.
Folic Acid. Folic acid is a member of the B family of vitamins. Low levels have been linked to depression and bipolar disorder in a number of studies.
Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is needed by the body only in very small quantities. A major deficiency causes a serious disease called pernicious anemia. Lesser deficiencies, which are common among the elderly, can produce depression, confusion, and other symptoms. B12 may help to fight depression by inhibiting monoamine oxidase (MAO), an enzyme that metabolizes some of the neurotransmitters that help to elevate mood. .
You will find this vitamin in beef liver, chicken liver, clams, oysters, and sardines, with smaller amounts in eggs, many fish, and cheeses. Vegetarians who eat no foods coming from animals should scrutinize their diets and consider taking supplements to make sure they are getting enough of this vitamin.
Vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is needed for conversion of the amino acid tryptophan to serotonin. While serious deficiencies of B6 are not common, minor deficiencies are and they can cause depression, convulsions, and other problems. Alcoholics are more likely to be lacking this vitamin as are those who have heart disease, liver disease, diarrhea, or other illnesses or injuries. Women who are pregnant, lactating, or taking oral contraceptives may also be at risk for B6 deficiency.
Levels of this vitamin are often low in people with depression, particularly women taking oral contraceptives, because the synthetic hormones antagonize B6. For this reason, B6 supplements may be particularly helpful for women who develop depression as a result of taking oral contraceptives.
Vitamin B6 has also been shown to ease the emotional difficulties associated with premenstrual syndrome and as part of the treatment for depression in postmenopausal women.
Eat plenty of food rich in this vitamin such as brewer's yeast, sunflower seeds, soybeans, walnuts, lentils, lima beans, hazelnuts, brown rice, avocados, and many other foods.
Vitamin B1. Vitamin B1 was the first of the B family of vitamins to be discovered. A severe lack of this vitamin leads to beriberi which causes confusion, high blood pressure, problems with the heart, and other symptoms. A more subtle deficiency leads to depression and fatigue, as well as constipation and numbness or a "pins-and-needles" sensation in the legs. Eat plenty of foods containing B1, including kale, spinach, turnip greens, green peas, lettuce, cabbage, and many other vegetables.
Vitamin B3. Vitamin B3 (also known as niacin or niacinamide) helps to "beat the blues." The body needs B3 to convert the amino acid tryptophan into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in keeping us happy. Not enough B3 means not enough serotonin, with resultant depression and anxiety.
The safest and also eat niacin-rich foods such as torula or brewer's yeast, brown rice, whole wheat, seeds, nuts, peanuts, and other legumes.
Vitamin B2. Vitamin B2 (also known as riboflavin) has been linked to mood. Because it is also a good idea to eat foods containing this vitamin, add asparagus, broccoli, spinach, almonds, wheat germ, millet, and whole wheat bread to your diet.
Choline. Choline is a member of the B family of vitamins that is converted by the body into the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which plays an important role in learning and memory. Also eat plenty of choline-containing foods, including eggs, brewer's yeast, soybeans, green peas, and peanuts.
Inositol. An unofficial member of the B vitamin family, inositol is present in all tissues with highest levels in the brain and heart. It functions closely with choline and is also a component of cell membranes. Proper action of several neurotransmitters, including serotonin and acetylcholine, requires inositol.
Vitamin D. Vitamin D is considered both a vitamin and a hormone because our bodies, given exposure of the skin to sunlight, can produce it. During the winter, there is less sunlight and we also tend to spend less time outdoors. At this time or year, we are most vulnerable to becoming low in vitamin D. Winter is also the time when vulnerable people develop seasonal affective disorder or "winter blues."
Vitamin C. Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) acts as an antioxidant and helps to maintain the immune system, manufacture collagen, guard against cancer and heart disease, reduce the risk of cataracts, and otherwise encourages health. Deficiency of vitamin C can lead to depression and mental confusion, among other problems. In fact, depression is the first clinical symptom detected when humans are deliberately deprived of vitamin C for purposes of study.
One study found that vitamin C intake was lower among depressed women who attempted suicide than among those who did not.
If you wish to supplement your diet with vitamin C, a 1000-mg capsule is a good place to start. This vitamin also is found in red chili peppers, guavas, parsley, green and sweet red peppers, broccoli, strawberries, oranges, mangoes, cantaloupe, and many other foods.
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